Schefflera actinophylla—Umbrella Tree—ARALIACEAE.

Schefflera actinophylla

Link to Images on Flickr.

Habitat—Tropical Rainforest.

Distribution—Native of Northern Queensland. Often cultivated as an ornamental; occasionally naturalized in coastal districts in New South Wales, sometimes epiphytic on rainforest trees.

Description—Tree to c. 10 m high, often multistemmed, glabrous.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head Flora Park, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cliff Road, Dixon Property, Forster Cemetery, Forster Park and Marina, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tuncurry Flora Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Palmately compound, alternate; leaflets usually 7 to 16 oblong to oblong—obovate, usually 8 to 30 cm long, 4 to 8 cm wide (saplings often with 3, much smaller leaflets), apex acuminate, base ±rounded, margins entire, lamina dark green, glabrous, leathery; petiole 15 to 40 cm long; petiolules 4 to 8 cm long; fused interpetiolar stipule to 5 cm long.

Schefflera actinophylla
Schefflera actinophylla

Inflorescence.— Sessile in shortly pedunculate heads; heads 10 to 20 mm diam.; peduncles 1 to 25 mm long, subtended by stipule—like bracts; rachis of inflorescence to 60 cm long, and often clustered at end of branches. Calyx truncate, c. 1 mm long. Petals 7 to 18, but usually 12, 3 to 5 mm long, red. Stamens same number as petals.

Flowering.—Autumn.

Fruit.—Drupe 3 to 5 mm long, ribbed, dark red.

Ripe.—Spring to Summer

Schefflera actinophylla